Buying a new house will be one of the most expensive purchases you will make in your life. On top of that are the other expenses, such as estate agent and conveyance fees. No wonder moving home can be so stressful!
While you will be spending a lot of money during your house move, there are some effective ways in which you can reduce some of your outgoings. Every penny counts, as they say, so here are some useful ways in which you can save some of your hard-earned cash.
Compare estate agents
You don’t need to pay over the odds for estate agent fees, so use a price comparison service to ensure you get the best deal. While they are in the business of making money, they are also in competition with other firms, so it pays to shop around.
Book removals early
Should you be moving a short distance, you may not need a removals company at all. Ask your family and friends to help you transport your items, and you will save yourself some money. However, you should hire interstate removalists if you are travelling longer distances or have large items you need transporting. You can often get cheaper rates when booking early, and you will often be charged less when moving at less busy times, such as midweek, rather than the weekend.
Sell your stuff
Moving home is a great time to declutter and get rid of anything you no longer need. The hoarders among you may find this difficult, but having fewer items will save you money on removal costs. Rather than give everything away to charity or your local recycling company, there may be items you can sell if they are in a good condition. Who knows, you may even have a rare antique or collectable that could repair your broken balance!
Plan in advance
Planning will help you budget and will give you an idea on where you can save money. Follow our handy checklist to help you prepare for moving day, and organise your finances to account for the expenses ahead. For example, there will be no need to pay for plastic boxes when you have already sourced free boxes elsewhere, and there will be no last minute panics in hiring a cleaning service for your old home when you can ask family and friends to help.
Compare utility prices
Now is a good time to change your utility providers, ensuring you have the fairest deal when moving into your new home. From energy suppliers to internet and telephone companies, use a price comparison service to find the best, and cheapest package for you.
Avoid expensive calls
There will be a lot of people you need to notify when moving home, including insurance and credit card companies. Avoid high call charges by doing most of your business over the internet when possible. Alternatively, see if there is a callback feature with their telephone service; otherwise you may be on hold for hours listening to their annoying background music.
Despite the expense, we wish you good luck in your new home!